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Candice Kumai

Candice Kumai is a five-time, best-selling author and internationally-renowned wellness writer, chef & content creator, described by ELLE magazine as “The Golden Girl of the Wellness World.” Candice is a classically trained chef, former tv host and model-turned wellness journalist who contributes to numerous national wellness & lifestyle publications including ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appétit, Shape, Well+Good and Girlboss.As a Top Chef alumna, Candice has appeared as a regular judge on Iron Chef America & Beat Bobby Flay and is a regular contributor on E! News and The Dr. Oz Show. Candice is a lover of vegan cake baking, matcha making & is a total sneakerhead. Candice loves her avocados, her cat Sisi, & a kick-butt barre class. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Born and raised in California to a Japanese mother and a Polish-American father Candice grew up in a mixed culture home – celebrating Japanese traditions & cuisine from a young age, and honing a cosmopolitan perspective that continues to inspire her work today. Where we come from is who we are. And Candice Kumai’s Japanese heritage has guided her journey back to health at every turn. Now, in Kintsugi Wellness, Candice shares what she’s learned and guides us through her favorite Japanese traditions and practices for cultivating inner strength and living a gracious life, interwoven with dozens of recipes for healthy, Japanese-inspired cuisine. Kintsugi Wellness provides the tools we all need to reclaim the art of living well.

monday headstands, like .... The greatest gift you have is your health, next to that comes your creative, beautiful mind. This weekend at SXSW I got to speak about the project I?ve been working on for the past 8 years of my life. You?ve got something to share + when you are ready, you can make a difference in this world & help others. Let?s let up on one another, let?s be good to ourselves. I?m a rule breaker, I don?t confirm to what society wants me to do. I trail-blaze & constantly ask God to guide me into the next chapter. Most of my life is unwritten, all of it is unplanned & our future is completely unknown. I stepped out of my fear + stepped into self love, confidence, joy, creativity. I started to spend more time with close friends I love, I value my health, I adore my parents, they are my heroes. I make time to laugh & to love, to be with my bestie all weekend! @stephareen (we have fun being geeks!) & somehow, I?m still not worried about the future. Here are 8 WAYS TO LET UP AND LET GO: 1️⃣ -Value your HEALTH, it is a GIFT, love yourself naked, tired, when you?re up, or down. Value + love 2️⃣- Love wholeheartedly, love everyone, unconditionally & freely. Love is free, throw it around like 🎉 3️⃣- Support others, sincerely, it feels really, really good 4️⃣- Lead your life with no expectation, let go of all, we are entitled to NOTHING. 5️⃣- Know, you don?t have to do what society deems as ?normal? you can break all the rules, you don?t need another to ?complete? you, you are complete. 6️⃣- Original creativity comes when you are being true to yourself, take your mask off. Stop caring about what others think + do you. 7️⃣- Focus on your story & doing something completely new, do you, honestly. Stop looking around + start going inward. 8️⃣- Maintain strength + mental focus by being good to yourself: Tell yourself good things are to come, self affirm! Be confident, because good things certainly are to come & I?m here to be real, honest + open with you, along the way. The best is yet to come, please believe it 💃🏽💎⚡️💕🦄xx ck . . 📷 @kevinkimphoto #Letgo #selfloveisthebestlove #girlsgeneration #girlsquad #girlz #yogapractice #yogagirls #corepoweryoga

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✨book launch tour, starts today⚡️: ?Life cannot be perfect forever," my Japanese mother used to say on the other side of the line, when I?d call her having a mini-meltdown in NYC. I used to think it was a sad thing to say until I started appreciating every flaw and seemingly imperfect moment in my life, including dark days and chaotic moments. With each passing year here in The City, I began to be more open and accepting of the empathetic practice of wabi sabi. As a young girl, I identified with being ?mixed? or a ?hapa? girl (half Japanese and half Polish American). I was raised by incredible immigrant parents, I was raised different, I felt different, and of course, I looked different. I was teased from first grade into high school, simply because of the way I looked. ... back in NYC.... After 10 years of buttoning up in my career, I?m like, time to let loose. I?m not perfect. I don?t want to be. So why am I pleasing everyone around me? Ask yourself the same and continue the course. Do you. Trust me, everyone wants to see that mask off and you doing so, allows everyone else around you to do the same. Yeah girl, I still remember those dark corners, the rugged mountains, the shadows cast upon my views. From following my ancestors? practices in Japan to realizing the ideas of a perfect relationship, (a perfect man, um unlikely!), my mentality of constant positivity is contingent on my belief perfection doesn?t exist, but rather an acceptance that everyone is trying their best. I would be a fool to be chasing perfection and its transient ways. Remember: Perfection is dangerously fleeting and if we constantly chase it, we will find ourselves misled. Stay the course, acknowledge that everyone is doing their best and enjoy your perfectly imperfect life. Excerpt from my @girlboss story this am, please click link in bio to read more + order my new book, Kintsugi Wellness, now!🙏🏼✨🦄🦄amen #kintsugiwellness #NeverBasic #Golden #SpiritualGangsta #yogaaddict #MaskOff #reptheset 📷 @kathrynmichael

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